Overall, individual contributions represent nearly three-quarters of direct campaign spending reported to the Federal Election Commission. The rest comes by political committees in which bundle contributions as well as also also disburse them to candidates. Most of the biggest committees are based in Washington, D.C., which remains the geographic center of American campaign finance.
Many of the top 100 individual donors are clustered in just a few different major metro areas, including brand new York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles as well as also also South Florida.
As a group, they tilt a bit more toward Republican as well as also also conservative candidates, according to the CRP data. So far, about $83 million has been spent on right-leaning candidates, compared with $65 million for Democrats as well as also also liberals.
Here are the major metro areas with the biggest pools of long-distance donors.